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The Best- and Worst- Performing Funds Since the Market's Peak

Stock returns since October 2007 have been flat, but these funds have been anything but.

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Investors can be forgiven for not celebrating this week's five-year anniversary of the U.S. stock market's Oct. 9, 2007, apex. Yes, domestic stocks and the funds that own them have rebounded from the financial crisis' nadir in recent years. The S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average are both within hailing distance of their 2009 highs. Alas, even with with dividends reinvested, the benchmarks' respective results have been meager--about 0.6% and 1.7%, annualized, for the five years ending Oct. 9, 2012. The same goes for the typical domestic stock fund; all it has to show for the past five years' excitement is a 0.4% "gain".

Investing, however, as advisor and author John Train has noted, is the art of the specific. A look at some at some of the most notable and not-so-notable performances of the last five years among funds rated by Morningstar analysts adds some contour to the broad market's rather flat results. Here's a look at some of the domestic stock leaders and laggards since the market peak:

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